Last year, our Marketing Officer Lauren gave up buying new clothes for 12 months. As it’s almost Fashion Revolution Week, Lauren share’s some of her ethical clothing story to inspire you to join the Fashion Revolution.
“I really enjoyed it but I’m not going to lie – it was hard! It was good doing it together as we could ‘sponsor’ each other and we went to lots of vintage events to seek out unusual bits and bobs which is always fun.”
Looking at the image above do you feel that everyone is being paid fairly for their labor and costs that they have put in to the garment? The Fairtrade Foundation don’t and this fortnight they aim to highlight the work they do.
We currently use a wide variety of language to describe how we are reducing our impact on the environment, and creating a sustainable future for the planet and people. So what is Fairtrade and where dose it fit in?
Continuing with our theme this month of loving what you have and not buying new. This week we’d like to highlight the work of Fashion Revolution. They encourage people to ask brands #whomademyclothes during their yearly Fashion Revolution Week 18-24th April, and to question where their clothes come from and who makes them.
“On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,133 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. That’s when Fashion Revolution was born.”
Last Sunday some of the LCCE team went to the Preloved Kilo a pay by weight Vintage and Pre-loved clothing event, there are other events available! In our previous post I discussed how with the start of the new year many people were giving up ‘New’ clothing. One way to do this is to purchase Vintage or Pre-loved items, and a great way to do this is at a buy weight event. Many of these companies go over to Europe to source their stock and bring it back to the UK, as Vintage stores here snap up all the bargains and stock for their shops.
We at Leeds Community Clothes Exchange have certainly noticed an increased awareness in consumers attitudes towards Fast Fashion. There are an increasing number of our members who challenge themselves to not purchase new (excluding underwear, socks and tights) clothing for a full year. I for one take my hat off to them. I have yet to achieve a full year without purchasing a new piece of clothing. Our very own Marketing Officer Lauren, recently wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post about her experience not buying new clothing for one year. Below are some of her fantastic outfits from her Leeds Community Clothes Exchange swap finds.